I'm thrilled to have been selected for the 2018 cohort of Forward Slash Story. I'm one of international 15 artists selected to attend a short creative lab/residency in Lamu, Kenya, designed to broker new international collaborations in a lab environment for technologists, writers, developers, and designers who work in uncharted territories. I can't wait to meet these other fine folks and see what we learn together!
This summer I also wrapped up a two-year fellowship as part of The Summer Institute on Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
We focused on the theory and practice of digital work for topics in art, architecture, urban history or material culture and training with tools for geospatial mapping, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and data collection and visualization.
I'm thrilled to be spending four weeks this summer with 25 other fellows exploring "how the book’s evolving material qualities promote and circulate cultural knowledge" as part of the NEH Summer Institute The Book: Material Pasts & Digital Futures.
During each week, Monday through Thursday, participants will gather in the morning to study readings, engage with visiting faculty, and examine the cultural history and significance of the book in its various forms. Each afternoon, participants will interpret the book-as-technology through the activity of making a range of historical, contemporary, and experimental books and book forms that relate directly to key scholarly readings. Fridays will be dedicated to independent study, open production space, and one-to-one assistance and instruction. And the workshop culminates with the creation of individual artist books that respond to multiple forms of embodiment. These will be on exhibit at the Salt Lake Public Library for two months.
My wrap-up post to the series on "Responding Rapidly to Our Communities" for the National Council on Public History is now live on the History@Work blog. This post is both a summary of our current news and tragedy-heavy environment, the challenges of that landscape, and a call to take action guided by a few simple principles: to be keepers of memory and places of refuge during the storms. The closing lines come from the heart:
"When distilled to its essence, what tragedy demands of us should, in fact, be the most natural to summon: it demands our humanity. Tragedy simply asks that we reach into the depths of our most human of hearts, find the light, and beam it back out."